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Heavy Rains and Lightning Cause Damage

Large chunks of concrete taken out of a wall struck by lightning in Makakilo Tuesday night. Large chunks of concrete taken out of a wall struck by lightning in Makakilo Tuesday night.
Elizabeth Teixeira says the lightning strike made a "humongous bang". Elizabeth Teixeira says the lightning strike made a "humongous bang".

Makakilo (KHNL)  A shocking discovery for a Makakilo family, after lightning struck their wall.

The Teixeiras were watching television inside, then Elizabeth Teixeira describes hearing "a humongous bang like something exploded. (Husband Wesley) said, 'I saw a big ball of fire.' I said, 'It's hit something. I heard it.'"

The lighting hit the wall just before 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Some of the pieces flew so far, they flew 25 feet away, and hit the garage wall. Other pieces hit the truck and the tree. One piece dented the truck and landed in the bed. Teixeira points out, "There's pieces everywhere. There's two inside the tree that were lodged in and later fell out."

It was a shocking discovery. Teixeira recalls the excitement in the neighborhood. "Everybody's looking. The neighbors were by the window. I figured, something happened somewhere. The electricity went off for a split-second and came back on."

Down the street in the Campbell Industrial Park area, HECO says lightning hit transmission lines twice. The power went out for a few seconds.

The Teixeiras say this was a little close for comfort. "Hopefully lightning brings luck. I don't know!"

Elsewhere on the island, rain and flooding was the problem.

Health officials say to stay out of any waters contaminated by storm water. Generally, that would be brown or murky water. It can contain harmful bacteria and pollution.

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